In the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease, you may find it fairly easy to maintain a balance between caring for your loved one and taking care of your own needs. But in the later stages, your loved one may have increasing difficulty eating, communicating, and walking, and she’ll become more vulnerable to injury and infections. She will likely require constant supervision and intensive assistance with ambulation, meal times, personal hygiene tasks, and other activities of daily living. Providing quality care at this point can be more than a full-time job.
Unfortunately, many caregivers aren’t prepared for the high level of care their loved one requires as Alzheimer’s progresses, and it’s common for family members to feel an enormous burden of guilt for not being able to provide their loved one with the best level of care while still attending to their own needs.
But according to the Mayo Clinic, neglecting your own physical, mental, spiritual, and social wellbeing while attending solely to the needs of an ailing loved one can quickly lead to caregiver burnout, which results in feelings of depression and hopelessness and can cause physical illnesses and other problems that impede your ability to provide your loved one with the quality of care you want for him.
Alzheimer’s Care May Be The Answer
Choosing to put your loved one in a memory care living facility is one of the hardest decisions you’ll ever have to make. But a high quality senior living program will provide him with top-notch care that addresses both his physical and spiritual needs, and it’ll give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your loved one is not only safe but also happy.
Caregivers at Whitehall Manor and Saucon Valley Manor understand that while Alzheimer’s care should certainly focus on the safety of patients, helping those with dementia maintain the highest possible level of independence, happiness, productivity, and dignity is equally as important as safety for ensuring a high quality of life.
Senior Care That Feels Like Home
Alzheimer’s care at Whitehall Manor and Saucon Valley Manor is based on the philosophy that regardless of the stage of dementia, all of our residents require an environment that enables them to realize their full potential for productivity and well-being, and we address those needs through various therapies and programs, including music therapy, arts and crafts sessions, exercise regimens, on-site social events, trips outside the facility, and other meaningful activities.
Our facilities are not only equipped with state-of-the-art safety systems, but they’re designed to feel like a home rather than an institution, and our caregiver professionals focus on what your loved one can do, rather than on what she can’t.
When you choose Whitehall Manor or Saucon Valley Manor for your loved one, your family becomes our family, and we work with you to ensure your loved one is healthy, happy, and feels right at home.